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ABOUT BRIAN CALLEY

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley combines the skills he acquired from an accomplished private sector career with a heart for public service and a record of getting things done. He brings a daring and inclusive problem-solving approach to addressing Michigan’s greatest challenges.

Brian Calley is known for redefining the role of Lieutenant Governor in Michigan. He is passionate about building a state where any person willing to work hard has an opportunity to succeed. He has played an integral role in Michigan’s comeback.

Calley was a community banker for more than 10 years, working his way from the mailroom to Vice President. He was elected twice to the Ionia County Board of Commissioners while in banking, serving as Vice Chairman during both terms. He later left banking to run for State Representative where he served two terms.

In 2010, Rick Snyder asked Brian to be his running mate, making him the youngest Lieutenant Governor in America. Snyder and Calley were re-elected in 2014 and have led an incredible Michigan comeback.

Brian was the driving force behind two historic tax cuts, which has resulted in increased prosperity and substantial job growth. These reforms took Michigan’s business climate ranking from 40th to 12th and the corporate tax ranking from 49th to 8th. He was the deciding vote to balance the budget, creating more stability for every Michigander. He is a bureaucracy buster in favor of smaller and more efficient government. He led the effort to eliminate of thousands of rules and regulations.

As a result of this work, more than 500,000 jobs have been created since December 2010, Michigan’s unemployment rate is at a 17-year low and we are outpacing the nation in the workforce growth rate. Michigan is the #1 Great Lakes State for job creation and #6 in America. We rank #1 in the country for creating new manufacturing jobs and we are beating the national rate for population growth among 25 to 34 year olds.

Calley has dedicated much of his public policy work to ensuring that all residents are part of Michigan’s comeback, regardless of the challenges they face. He led the Mental Health and Wellness Commission, the Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force, the Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board and the Mental Health Diversion Council.

Brian is a nationally recognized Autism advocate, having substantially increased access to autism services, improving the lives of thousands of families in Michigan. He is also heavily engaged in increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities through the bipartisan “MI Hidden Talent” initiative.

Calley holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, an MBA from Grand Valley State University and an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He and his wife Julie live in Portland with their three children: Collin, Reagan and Karagan.

Awards/Honors

2017:

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Michigan – Special Honoree
  • Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals- President’s Award
  • MSU Music Therapy Camp- Outstanding Special Needs Advocacy Award
  • Arc Michigan- Leadership Award
  • Northern Michigan Schools Legislative Association- Advocate of the Year

2016

  • Michigan Association of School Social Workers – Friend of School Social Work
  • Paws with a Cause – Candye Sapp Tribute Award
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals- Public Leadership in Advancing Healthy Lifestyles Award
  • AT&T/Michigan Virtual University/Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning- Excellence in Education Award

2015

  • National MS Society Michigan Chapter- Public Official Of the Year
  • Michigan Townships Association- Distinguished Leadership Award
  • Michigan Fitness Foundation – Outstanding Public Official of the Year
  • Monroe County Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Prevention Task Force- Champion for Change Award
  • Michigan Rehabilitation Services – Statewide Partnership Champion Award
  • Michigan Primary Care Association- Champion for the Medically Underserved
  • Western Michigan University Psychology Department- Chairman’s Award

2014

  • Hope Network – President’s Award
  • Special Olympics of Michigan – President’s Award
  • Mental Health Association of Michigan – Snyder-Kok Award
  • Michigan Academy of Family Physicians – Outstanding Special Needs Advocacy Award

2012

  • Autism Alliance of Michigan – Michigan Shines for Autism Award
  • Judson Center – Great Ambassador Award
  • S. Junior Chamber- Outstanding Young American Award
  • Michigan Manufacturers Association – Policymaker of the Year
  • Autism Speaks – Executive Champion Award
  • Homes for Autism – Golden Ring of Hope Award

2011:

  • Crain’s Detroit Business – 40 Under 40 Award
  • Macomb ISD – Service to Schools Award
  • Michigan Jaycees – Outstanding Young Michigander Award

2009:

  • Michigan Bankers Association – Economic Impact Award
  • Michigan Physicians Association – Good Public Policy Award
  • Small Business Association of Michigan – Legislator of the Year Award

2008:

  • Michigan Soft Drink Association – Legislative Leadership Award
  • Portland Area Chamber of Commerce – Citizen of the Year Award

2007:

  • ABATE of Michigan- Iron Rider Award

Honorary Degrees/Designations:

  • Aspen Institute- Rodell Fellowship Program (2012)
  • Eastern Michigan University- Honorary Doctorate of Public Service (2012)
  • Walsh College – Honorary Doctorate of Laws (2012)
  • Central Michigan University- Honorary Doctorate of Public Service (2012)